TNT, Sean Robinson, Wednesday September 10th, 2014

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TNT, Sean Robinson, Wednesday September 10th, 2014: Loss for Prosecutor, Court: Cellphone not private if used for public business, Call records and text messages from Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s personal mobile phone aren’t private if they’re related to public business.  The idea drives a unanimous ruling issued Tuesday by the Washington State Court of Appeals.  Joan Mell, the attorney for sheriff’s Deputy Glenda Nissen, who filed the lawsuit that spawned Tuesday’s ruling, said she and her client were elated.  “The decision is sound and a huge victory that protects against government operating behind closed doors or offline,” Mell said.  “We hope the prosector immediately turns over his work-related texts and call log so the public can see he is indeed transparent and using public resources wisely.”